Ryan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Jennifer (Claire Forlani) first met on a plane when they were 12. He’s terrified of planes she promptly tells him about her first period so it’s granted that they don’t exactly click. Fast-forward to high school where they bump into each other again. Now he’s the school mascot she’s the homecoming queen. No sparks. Fast forward to college where he’s the geeky engineering major (yes you read correctly) and she’s the free-spirited rocker-dating Latin student. Finally here they become friends help each other with their love issues and despite their opposing viewpoints … well take a guess.
Prinze the BMOC in "She’s All That " is supposed to be an anal-retentive doofus. And while the pageboy cut (split down the middle) and glasses do little to mask his good looks he plays against type surprisingly well doing his best to rise above the cliché-filled script. Forlani who was calm and luminous in the sluggish "Meet Joe Black " still has "proper British upbringing" written all over her so she’s not really believable as an outrageous one-night-stander (she also looks too old for Prinze). Heather Donahue (showing a promising comedy career post-"Blair Witch") and Amanda Detmer make a great supporting cast but the show is stolen by an underused Jason Biggs. As Ryan’s woman-chasing roommate Biggs also gets the single funniest scene in the film which you’ll miss if you walk about before the credits roll.
"She’s All That" director Robert Iscove is back and using the same traits again. First we have the you-are-there flashback narration ("So I was watching him play with his band " a character might reflect in her dorm room and suddenly she’s sitting at the concert still in her pajamas). Then there’s the choreographed dance number. Disguised as a scene to show Ryan trying to loosen up at a "foam club" (like a car wash soapy water douses the dancers) it’s really an excuse to show off Iscove’s choreography background by having all patrons wiggle simultaneously to Apollo Four Forty’s "Stop the Rock." It’s cute and all but the biggest faux pas Iscove makes is having Ryan and Jennifer take a "walk" from Berkeley … and miraculously wind up at the Golden Gate bridge.
Actor Martin Sheen pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal
trespassing charge for demonstrating at Vandenberg Air Force Base in October
against a space-based missile shield proposal.
Sheen, who entered his plea to the misdemeanor charge before U.S. District
Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Johnson, was sentenced to three years probation and
Under the terms of his probation, Sheen is banned from Vandenberg unless he
receives permission from officials there, said Thom Mrozek of the U.S.
The actor said he entered the plea because he does not want to jeopardize
his role as President Jeb Bartlet on NBC's The West Wing.'
"I have a prior engagement with The West Wing, another year on my
contract, and I can't risk losing (the case) and going to prison for six
months,'' he said outside court.
"Morally, I'm bound to fulfill my contract. That was the whole
motivation'' for pleading guilty, he said.
The actor said his federal court experience has left him "conquered, but
unafraid,'' and he will continue to oppose "Star Wars'' initiatives.
Earlier today, Sheen and some of the two dozen activists charged in the
Vandenberg protest demonstrated outside the Roybal Federal Building.
Most of the other activists later pleaded innocent to the trespass charge.
They face trial Dec. 6, Mrozek said.
Carrying hand-lettered signs that said "No Star Wars,'' "No National
Missile Defense'' and "Keep Space for Peace,'' they gathered on a street
corner to speak to reporters.
"I can't think of a worse thing to inflict on the universe than nuclear
weapons in outer space, and all of them pointed to the Earth,'' said Sheen,
who has demonstrated against nuclear power and other causes for decades.
Sheen and the others were arrested Oct. 7 at Vandenberg on suspicion of
trespassing on a federal military reservation. They were cited and released.
Bill Simpich was among the demonstrators.
"The whole thing was a travesty and driven by their fear of the American
people finding out about the dangers of the 'Star Wars' program'' proposed
years ago during the Reagan administration.
The program, which would be based primarily in Southern California, is
opposed by many European nations and Russia.
"When we went to Vandenberg, it was still under the Clinton
administration,'' said a woman who identified herself to Channel 4 as Star
Hawk. "It was a bad idea under Clinton, and it's a worse idea under Bush.''
Supermom Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her geneticist husband Norman (Harrison Ford) are adapting to their only daughter's departure to college when Claire begins sensing an unearthly presence in the couple's lakeside Vermont dream home. Is she losing her marbles or is that the spirit of a beautiful young woman she keeps glimpsing? To say any more (as the too-explicit ad campaign does) would spoil some delicious twists.
The toplining Ford is his usual solid self in a role that plays cleverly on his familiar persona but the picture is Pfeiffer's from beginning to end. She delivers one of her most pleasing performances nicely disarming audience doubts about the story's supernatural elements with some judicious eye-rolling and embarrassed frowning -- her character is so painfully aware that what she's saying sounds crazy how can we possibly doubt her? Among the low-key supporting cast Joe Morton ("Terminator 2") stands out as an amiably down-to-earth psychiatrist.
Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump") takes Clark Gregg's highly derivative haunted house script and pours on the Hitchcockian visual flourishes unapologetically pilfering from the Master's "Rear Window" and "Psycho " among others. His extended homage results in scene after scene of almost unbearable tension as the audience waits for the next shock. There's some clunky storytelling in the first section but the all-suspense second half more than makes up for it with some classic work including what seems destined to go down in movie history as "the bathtub scene."